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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Burnley

10 October 2022

Club News

PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Burnley

10 October 2022

After each matchday programme this season, we publish the regular column from the Coventry City board on our website. You can read Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy's column from our game against Burnley below:

Good afternoon and welcome to the Coventry Building Society Arena as we face Burnley today in the Sky Bet Championship.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us from Burnley for today’s fixture.

It was great to be back at the Arena last Saturday for our first home Saturday fixture of the season as we faced Middlesbrough, which resulted in an excellent first win of the campaign. The atmosphere and energy generated by you, the supporters, was akin to what we saw last season and it is in my opinion a vital ingredient in the success of our Football Club.

Likewise, the support at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night was again phenomenal and rest assured the players and management really appreciate it. The supporters of this Club never cease to amaze me with their passion and desire for the Club.

Today is our Matchday Memorial fixture, where we will be remembering those fans, staff and players who are sadly no longer with us. It is important that as a Club and as a community, we pay tribute to those people and all that they have contributed to this Football Club over the years, and hopefully also provide comfort to their family and friends.

Last week was our first Family Zone of the season. It was fantastic to see the Zone packed full of young Sky Blues supporters and their families, enjoying the range of activities in the build up to the game, and also taking the chance to meet Sky Blue Sam as well as Ryan Howley and Josh Reid. I would like to thank and pay tribute to Pat Raybould and the team of volunteers who run the Family Zone on matchdays for their hard work and dedication.

During the Summer, the Club continued in its quest to improve the facilities that our players and football staff have to operate in at our Ryton training ground. We invested heavily in installing a new hybrid playing surface on the main training pitch at Ryton. The installation was delayed slightly, but our new pitch has been functioning and in use since the beginning of September and that, as well as major improvements to our second pitch, means for the first time since I’ve been at the Club, we have top class surfaces to train on.

Credit should also go to our new groundsman at Ryton Dale Gregory, who joined us in April from Leicester City, and has overseen significant improvements in all aspects of the grounds at Ryton.

Also during the Summer, we have invested in significant pieces of equipment to aid recovery from matches and from injuries, to help our sports science and medical teams. We have a cryochamber, which is used on a similar basis to ice baths, and also a state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber, which also enhances the recovery process. These investments continue to show the small and steady steps that we take to improve the way that the Club functions and operates, which fans will never see but are vital to our continued growth.

Thank you as always for your support – PUSB.

Dave


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